Announcing Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations

Tribal Law and Policy Institute

is pleased to announce the latest volume in the

Tribal Legal Studies series

Structuring Sovereignty:

Constitutions of Native Nations

By Melissa L. Tatum, Miriam Jorgensen, Mary E. Guss, and Sarah Deer

Published by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 2014
This book is designed to serve as a guide to communities engaged in the process of drafting a constitution and to students who are studying that process. For any nation, Indigenous or non-Indigenous, drafting and adopting a constitution is more than a legal process. It is a collective journey of self-discovery and reflection. New governing opportunities, changes in intergovernmental relations, heightened awareness of the importance of culturally legitimate governing institutions, and reforms in international law are generating a wave of constitution writing and constitutional reform among Native nations. This book draws on research, first hand experience with constitution writing and constitutional change, and numerous examples from actual governing documents to demonstrate the many ways that Indigenous nations can structure their sovereignty.

Individual Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-935626-68-1

incredibly timely…a most valuable companion…and a resource of the highest order.”— Frank Pommersheim, Chief Justice, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court of Appeals, and Professor of Law, University of South Dakota School of Law

…easily the most ambitious scholarly and practical contribution to our thinking about tribal constitutions.”— Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Professor of Law, and Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law


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